Bernice Cheeks was born on June 23, 1951 to the late Jesse Cheeks, Sr. and Irene Haley Cheeks. She was the ninth child born out of eleven children. One brother, Jimmie Lee Cheeks preceded her in death.
Bernice received her education in the Dougherty County School System in Albany, GA. She was a member of the 1969 graduating class of Monroe High School. She also graduated from Albany Technical Institute in 1992 as a certified Information & Office Technician.
At an early age, Bernice became a member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life she became a member of the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Lorenzo L. Heard.
Bernice was a faithful employee of 22 years at Albany Technical College. She retired in March 2016. She was known as the voice and face of ATC. She was the gatekeeper for the Kirkland Building and everyone knew that they could get a radiant smile and encouraging word from her.
On September 2, 2016 Bernice was called home by her Heavenly Father to enjoy an eternal life filled with peace, a new spiritual body and to live in complete wholeness with Christ. She leaves to cherish her memory and legacy one son, Brodrick (Shona) Cheeks; two granddaughters Zakeria Cheeks and Jamya Cheeks; one great-grandson Kamari Cheeks; nine siblings Theotis (Emma Ruth) Cheeks of Sasser, GA; Mildred Dell of Cincinnati, OH; Alberta (Raymond) Terry of Atlanta, GA; Gladys Thomas, Ethel Thomas, Curtis Cheeks Sr., Shaheed (Sadeequah) Ali, Dorothy (Willie) Bryant and Jesse Cheeks Jr. all of Albany, GA. A special niece, Cassandra Cheeks was raised with Bernice as a younger sister. Bernice also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.